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King County Metro launched their pilot Telework program!
Pilot groups would commit to attend a training session (in person or online), encourage interested employees to talk with their supervisor about setting up a regular telework schedule and participate in our data collection efforts by filling out a short pre and post-pilot survey.
For more information click here or the telworking tab on the left. If you are a supervisor or manager interested in volunteering your group or team to participate in the pilot please contact Sunny Knott at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The first trainings for interested employees and managers/supervisors are:
- Tuesday, September 27th from 2:30-4pm in KSC room 3 D & E
- Thursday, September 29th from 2:30-4pm in KSC room 3 D & E
Sign up for the training here
Together we used Wheel Options for more than 137,694 days in July!
9,676 participants saved/shared and logged their smart trips at least 6 days.
6,800 participants saved/shared at least 12 days.
Congratulations to our Sizzlin' Summer winners:
$1,500 Grand Prize Victoria Clipper Winner
$1,000 Grand Prize Summer Getaway Winners
- Leon P. - King County
- Tracie M. - Pierce County
- Hector F. - Snohomish County
For a list of all 70+ winners of the Sizzlin' Summer challenge, visit www.wheeloptions.org/winners. All winners have been notified via email.
Also, don't forget that the statewide Wheel Options campaign will be back this October! We will be helping to celebrate 100 years of National Parks.
Your Wheel Options Around the Sound Team
Thank you so much for participating in the 2015 Commute Trip Reduction survey. We appreciate your help making the 2015 CTR survey a successful one.
Here are the lists of 2015 prize winners:
King County Government, as an employer, is required by the State of Washington Commute Trip Reduction (CTR) Law to survey its employees every two years regarding how they commute to work. Additionally, the CTR survey will enable the County to design and implement a transportation program that strives to address the diverse needs of its employees.
The CTR Survey also helps King County meet the following goals and requirements:
- Measure how King County employees are helping reduce the environmental footprint of government operations (King County Strategic Climate Action Plan).
- Demonstrate how employees are using King County’s Employee Transportation Program Benefits.
- Illustrate King County’s leadership as part of community-wide Commute Trip Reduction efforts of more than 500 King County region employers.
- The King County Health Reform Initiative program encourages employees to commute by bus, train, bike or foot. These alternatives to driving help employees improve and maintain their health through regular physical activity. Nearly one third of commuters who take mass transit meet the Surgeon General’s recommended 30 minutes of daily physical activity just by walking to and from their bus or train. The survey results will help measure the success of this program.
So, thank you for helping us achieve our goals!
ID/ORCA card holders are available
If you have any issues with your current ID/ORCA card holder or you need a new one, there are two ways to get one:
- Stop by to the ID & Access Control Office:
King County Admin Building
500 4th Avenue, Room 312
The office is open from 8 AM to 4 PM, Monday through Friday.
- Send us an email including your mail stop at ETP@kingcounty.gov and we will mail you a new Card Holder.
Important Tips to Remember When You Must Use Your Vehicle
Idling = zero MPG
Waiting for more than 30 seconds? Turn off your engine to save gas, money, and the air we breathe.
Idling more than 30 seconds burns more fuel than turning off and restarting your engine.
Improve health—Exposure to vehicle exhaust increases asthma symptoms, respiratory problems, heart disease, and cancer risk.
Help the environment—Vehicle exhaust pollutes our air and hurts our climate by producing air-toxic and global-warming pollution.
It’s best for my car engine to warm up before driving.
False. Idling more than a few seconds is unnecessary, even on a cold morning. Just ease into your driving for the first few blocks of your trip until the engine is warm.
In terms of gas consumption and engine impact, it’s best to idle the engine rather than restart it.
False. In today’s vehicles, frequent restarting has little impact on engine components. Excessive idling can be hard on your engine as it isn’t working at peak operating temperature.